Delighted Liverpool Ladies stars Lucy Bronze and Lucy Staniforth have described their side’s incredible title-winning triumph as overwhelming and crazy.
The Reds retained their FA Women’s Super League title against all the odds on Sunday afternoon, in what was a dramatic final day of the season.
The championship was in the hands of table-toppers Chelsea, who were two points ahead of Birmingham City and three in front of third-placed Liverpool, going into the last round of fixtures.
The Merseysiders did what they needed to do, beating Bristol Academy Women 3-0.
Alnwick lass Bronze, 22, scored the Scouse side’s second of the match, powering to the byline before wriggling away from her opponent and poking the ball past the keeper.
But the win could have been for nothing if Chelsea or Birmingham had taken advantage of their pre-match positions.
With 20 minutes to go, Liverpool had moved to the top of the table, but a goal for either of the other two title contenders could have ruined the Merseysiders’ day.
The Gods were shining on the red side of Liverpool though, as Chelsea lost 2-1 at Manchester City and Birmingham drew 2-2 with Notts County.
After a tense wait, Liverpool discovered that they had done the remarkable, taking the championship on goal difference, sparking wild celebrations.
Speaking to LFCTV GO, England international Bronze, who is the current PFA Women’s Players’ Player of the Year, described winning the title as overwhelming and really surprising in the circumstances.
She later tweeted: ‘What a day’, in reference to Sunday’s drama, which saw Bronze win her second league medal in a row for Liverpool since moving from Everton in 2012.
The title triumph was also a pleasing moment for Staniforth, who has endured a frustrating season.
The 22-year-old from Alnwick is recovering from an injury which she sustained in February, after joining Liverpool from Bristol Academy in January.
She has missed the entire WSL campaign, but was delighted that the Reds took home the league trophy.
The England U23 international was a guest on The Women’s Football Show, aired on Monday night on the BBC.
Reflecting on the title heroics, she said: “I can’t explain how I feel. Relief and shock really. It was a draining afternoon.
“I’m proud of the girls and what they achieved. Everything went our way on Sunday. It was crazy.”
Today, Liverpool play Swedish side Linköping in the second leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League’s round of 32. Liverpool hold a 2-1 aggregate lead.
The winners will play Stjarnan, from Iceland, or Russia’s WFC Zvezda-2005 in the Round of 16.